Mali’s interim president and prime minister have been released, military source said

Mali’s interim president and prime minister have been released, a military official told AFP on Thursday, three days after they were detained and deprived of power in what appeared to be the second coup in nine months.

The interim president and prime minister were released at around 1.30 am at night [local time]. We kept our word, “the official said on condition of anonymity. Family members confirmed that President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane had been released.

The development came a day after military officials said the country’s transitional president and prime minister had “resigned” while in detention, a move the UN said was “unacceptable”.

Ndaw and Ouane, charged with directing the return to civilian rule after a coup last August, were detained by the military on Monday in what the international community called a military coup.

In recent days, the UN, along with the African Union and other international bodies, as well as the US, have repeatedly urged the Mali military to release the transition leaders.

( Jowharwith AFP and AP)

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